Oil: Paths of Progress
19:28:10:05 Two Middle Eastern farmers standing on pile of hay, one sifts hay.
Producer Richie (Robert Yarnall) Productions, Inc.Sponsor McDermott (J. Ray)Audio/Visual sound, color
19:28:17:19 Camera follows person riding on camel through desert, oil well enters frame in background, person on camel passes a 1950s airplane and waves to the pilot who waves back.
19:29:56:07 CU disembodied shucks an oyster for the camera.
19:30:06:10 CU stenciled sign reads “P. No. 1 Pesa A Perforarse 24 de Nov. de 1913…6 de Julio de 1918” pan down from sign to man holding camera.
19:30:25:23 Floating oil platform.
19:31:32:29 Floating oil plat formwith pumps and piping.
19:31:46:02 LS downtown Caracas, zoom between the Simon Bolivar towers.
19:32:39:16 CU disembodied hand holding pan writes on notepad of J. Ray McDermott & Co. Inc., memo is made out to Venezuelan Sun Oil Co. with date on top 10-18-1958 and location marked as Maracaibo, memo about production facilities.
19:32:52:03 Man stands in front of class and writes in chalk on blackboard, backs of two pupils’ heads in frame, information on board concerns oil production, barrels, pounds per square inch at the pumps.
19:33:23:21 CU engineers going over blueprints of oil well.
19:34:19:18 CU yellow poster board reads in blue text “Production Facilities for The Venezuelan Sun Oil Co. Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela”
19:36:26:15 CU man welding an oil pipe, sparks flying and blue flame light reflecting off man’s protective mask.
19:36:41:03 MS welder welding segment of oil pipe.
19:37:07:00 Steel frame of oil drill being craned into place
19:37:22:27 Oil drill being craned into place.
19:37:35:16 Tugboat pulling oil drill into place to be installed in Lake Maracaibo.
19:38:23:15 Simple color animation of an oil drill being lowered into a lake.
19:38:29:05 Oil pipes being craned off of boat into Lake Maracaibo
19:40:09:12 LS McDermott Fabricators warehouse.
19:40:46:17 Great shot of huge platform covered with various colorful pipes for oil plant being craned onto of existing structures covered with various yellow, red and green pipes.
19:41:43:27 Sign in front of building for Texas Instruments Incorporated Geosciences and Instrumentation Division 3609, pan over building.
19:41:59:17 Man showing other man Texas Instruments research laboratory, engineer working on machine on high-tech looking electronic equipment.
19:42:25:01 CU instrument gauge with warning on bottom “Caution on high volts”, needle on gauge jumps from zero to center of gauge.
19:42:42:01 CU disembodied finger dials Texas Instruments rotary phone dial, then presses red button beside dial.
19:43:37:11 LS passengers disembarking commercial Venezuelan airplane with Venezuelan flag painted on tail of plane.
19:47:12:13 VS large piece of oil platform lowered into place onto existing floating platform in middle of lake.
19:53:44:11 Man working typing on typewriter, on faux wood wall over his desk is a Pan American Calendar, man enters office with a reel of punched tape which man feeds into the typewriter; CU typewriter ribbon printing various number on Production Data chart.
19:55:31:27 Aerial of large oil platform in middle of what is probably Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela.
19:56:28:11 Aerial of elongated pyramidal steel structure of oil drill lying on its side on platform between two boats with cranes in middle of lake.
19:58:03:19 LS burning oil well, helicopter in center of shot, hoses firing water at fire.
Produced and Directed by Robert Yarnall Richie.
October 5, 2012
Rig em up!
If you're not into oil rig construction, you may find this silent AB roll to be a bit much. I'm not, and yes, it was all a blur. But it DOES provide excellent how-to in building a rig.